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Tetradrachm (cistophoros) of Sardis with cista mystica

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Obverse: Cista mystica with lid raised, serpent issuing to left, downwards, all in an ivy wreath with bunches of berries. Reverse: Two serpents entwined around a bow-case ornamented with palmettes. At right, a draped figure (Zeus Lydios) stands to left, phiale in extended right hand. At...

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Provenance

From the collection of the American Numismatic Society; by 1959: Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. Collection; gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. to MFA, May 14, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr.

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 135–128 B.C.

Mint

Sardis, Lydia

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek Coins, 1950-1963 (MFA), no. 199.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 12.08 gm. Die Axis: 2

Accession Number

59.311

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins